Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex broke ground on its final phase of a multiyear expansion project, officials said Wednesday.
“This is a win for the region,” said Christopher Woodworth, general manager of the iceplex, in a statement. “We can now attract more ice hockey teams and tournaments, recapturing a large share of the market that has moved to other venues throughout the Northeast and Canada.”
The facility is located ed at 2700 Brighton-Henrietta Townline Road in Brighton. The iceplex attracts over 1.6 million people annually.
Tournaments at the facility have generated some $18.4 million dollars in local business spending, according to a Camoin & Associates 2015 study.
“This is a high-end tourism attraction for out-of-town families who often spend hours at the facility over a weekend,” said Cheryl Dinolfo, Monroe County Executive. “Offering food, retail and a fitness center near first-class hotels and area attractions will provide a huge tourism boost for Monroe County and the entire Rochester region.”
The 170,000-square-foot facility is located on the campus of Monroe Community College. It houses four NHL-sized ice rinks, and heated indoor viewing areas for up to 3,000 spectators, officials said. It also offers restaurants and retail options for visitors.
The expansion project includes a Lattimore Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation location and a new fitness center.
“Lattimore Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation is excited to offer a one-of-a-kind fitness center and the opening of our 22nd physical therapy location,” said John Shuman, owner of Lattimore. “The new addition to the Bill Grays Iceplex at MCC will serve the busy schedules of local families and the many out-of-town visitors who want to maintain a healthy lifestyle while they are at the facility for long stays.”
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